BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy was left stunned during his 2FM radio show after a one-year-old baby in the audience reached out and called him daddy while on air.
The young fan was Alannah Brophy, from Lusk, Co Dublin, whose father, Ciaran, is currently working in Canada as an electrician, after he was forced to close his construction company last year.
Describing their clan as "a typical recessionary family", the child's mother, Nicola, told the Irish Independent that while she was taken aback by her daughter's outburst, she was not surprised.
"Alannah is a real daddy's girl but only gets to hear Ciaran over the phone. She hasn't seen him in a while," she said.
"Our family listens to Ryan's programme every day, whether we're at home or in the car," she said.
"I think she got confused by the fact that she definitely knew who Ryan was and because she's so used to hearing him, thought he was her actual dad."
Ms Brophy, a mother of two, is currently based in Dublin while her husband works abroad.
The couple are considering moving their family overseas in order to be together, but want their children to grow up in Ireland.
Tubridy met the Brophys during an outside broadcast of his 2FM programme in Skerries yesterday.
Asked if he considers he is worth his substantial pay packet of €495,000 at RTE, the 39-year-old TV and radio host said: "It's RTE's job to decide if I'm worth it or not. They're the ones who do the deal and decide what I get."
Tubridy, the second highest paid presenter at the national broadcaster, said he would happily take another pay cut if it was necessary.